Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 446 for the week December 7 - 13, 2015.

In This Issue

  • Google Code-In 2015: Student registration now open!
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo Events

  • Lubuntu Blog: FileZilla Box theme

  • Canonical Design Team: Helsinki SDK sprint
  • Jono Bacon: Why You Should Go To UbuCon in Los Angeles in January

  • Online searches in the dash to be off by default.
  • Community team weeks 49+50 update
  • Juju Charmer Summit: Charm Evolution
  • New uNav 0.35: Sharing Ubuntu everywhere
  • Canonical News
  • In The Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 15.04 and 15.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Google Code-In 2015: Student registration now open!

José Antonio Rey announces Ubuntu’s participation in Google Code-In 2015, which is an annual open source competition hosted by Google. He writes that students 13-17 years of age can register, and compete against others to complete various tasks created by mentors. The contest will run until January 25, 2016.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (121053) +50 over last week
  • Critical (297) +21 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (60396) +160 over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

Most Active Questions

Top Voted New Questions

People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: cl-netbox (, Alex (, oldfred (, kos ( and user283885 (

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LoCo Events

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the LoCo Team Portal to browse upcoming events around the world:

The Planet

Lubuntu Blog: FileZilla Box theme

Rafael Laguna writes that Box is the default theme (icons, controls, backgrounds..) for Lubuntu, but some applications don’t follow XDG specs for their buttons and graphics. Rafael feels FileZilla is a must-have app so he writes how to use his Lubuntu matching theme.

Canonical Design Team: Helsinki SDK sprint

Femma looks back at the Helsinki SDK Sprint which aimed to have designers and engineers work together on tools and components. She lists what was achieved during the course of the week, and writes: "We left with a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie."

Jono Bacon: Why You Should Go To UbuCon in Los Angeles in January

Jono Bacon tells us why 21st-22nd January are important dates: it’s when the UbuCon Summit happens, in Pasadena California. He shares that it’s an event aimed at users, developers, artists, educators, business people and more with a goal to share ideas, have fun with Ubuntu and build relationships. Jono lists many speakers, highlighting that networking and the social side is the most valuable, and also that entrance is free.

Other Community News

Online searches in the dash to be off by default.

Will Cooke reminds us that Unity 7 scopes, which were introduced with 12.10, added results from online searches to the dash home screen. He says that in Unity 8 the scopes concept has evolved; this ‘evolution’ cannot be added to Unity 7 so the decision has been made to gracefully retire some aspects of the online search features in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Community team weeks 49+50 update

David Planella highlights some of the achievements of Ubuntu Community Team members (both Canonical and others) over weeks 49 and 50. The details include highlights of weeks 47 and 48 which were previously unreleased.

Plus an addendum from Nicholas Skaggs about QA and Core Apps: Nicholas Skaggs provides some additional details on Quality & Core Apps which were missing from the Community team weeks "49+50" update.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Juju Charmer Summit: Charm Evolution

James Donner embeds a short video in his post which illustrates the Charm release process, the OpenStack support timeline, the anatomy of a Juju Charm bundle, and how charms can evolves with OpenStack and Ubuntu. James also links to a YouTube channel which contains further videos about Juju.

Ubuntu Phone News

New uNav 0.35: Sharing Ubuntu everywhere

Marcos Costales shows us how to share our location with others using an Ubuntu phone which is using version 0.35 of uNav. He shares several screenshots of the app and links to the store from where the app can be downloaded.

Canonical News

UAVIA unveils first 100% remotely controlled drones; powered by Ubuntu

Thibaut Rouffineau writes about UAVIA’s first 100% remotely controlled drones, which are powered by Ubuntu. Thibaut says, “Drones are currently complex to handle as the operator has to physically move to the site of interest to perform an inspection.” This makes this easier by allowing for remote control of the drones.

Using bcache for performance gains on the Launchpad Database Servers

Tom Haddon shares some changes to Launchpad using bcache that have increased the performance of their datastores. He goes into an overview of their configuration and how it was deployed.

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu Touch OTA-8.5 to Land Early Next Week, OTA-9 Gets a Huge Unity 8 Update

Marius Nestor, writing for Softpedia, shares the news that the Ubuntu Touch developers will shortly release an OTA-8.5 hotfix update, and that OTA-9 should arrive on January 20, 2016. He describes OTA-9 as being a big Unity 8 update with lots of convergence features, and adds that some missing language packs have been added.

Ubuntu Touch LibreOffice DocViewer Released, UbuCon Summit Preparations Continue

Marius Nestor of Softpedia reviews the latest Community Team summary by David Planella in which he highlights Google Code In, the new Ubuntu Touch app features/bug fixes, and Snappy.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S08E40 – Kartoffelsalat - Ubuntu Podcast

It’s Episode Forty of Season Eight of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Nick B and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

In this week’s show we are joined by guest presenter Nick B from #systemau podcast.

  • We chat about gardening, automating Ubuntu Touch testing, accidentally dding over an external USB backup disk and being inspired by a talk Stuart Langridge gave a OggCamp 2015 and creating a general purpose tool for encoding and publishing podcast content and assets.

  • We have some interviews from OggCamp with Enroware and ragworm.

  • We have some links to video, podcasts and blogs that summarise what went on at OggCamp 2015.

    • What I learned at OggCamp 2015 – A summary from a first time OggCamper

    • The Tech Shed Podcast Episode 04, The Oggcamp Hangover Special

  • We go over your feedback.

That’s all for this week, please send your comments and suggestions to:

Ubuntu Community Team Q&A - 8th December 2015

David Planella and Daniel Holbach host another regular Q&A session on behalf of Canonical’s Community Team. After talking briefly about Google Code In, the UbuCon summit and snappy they answer general questions that are put to them on IRC.

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 15.04 and 15.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2017

Ubuntu 14.04 Updates

openssl 1.0.1f-1ubuntu2.16 -

End of Life - April 2019

Ubuntu 15.04 Updates

End of Life - January 2016

Ubuntu 15.10 Updates

End of Life - July 2016


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